An ode to women who wear makeup in the gym

Girls who wear makeup in the gym
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It’s safe to say that women who wear makeup to the gym get a lot of abuse. Whether it’s from other women, or men, if you rock up to the gym with a full face of makeup chances are you’ve had some nasty stares.

I have been on the receiving end, and I’m ashamed to say, have also cast judgement on the made-up faces of fellow gym-goers. My question is why do we feel this way? It’s literally none of our business what someone else looks like when they exercise. It doesn’t affect our progress at all. It needs to stop.

It makes your skin bad – NOT YOUR PROBLEM. It’s not good for your pores –Again, NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.  You aren’t working out properly if you still have it on (erm, have you never heard of primer hun?) You are trying to impress men in the gym – Yeah cos I really want to jump that 50-year-old man with the pooch don’t I babes? My fictional argument could go on forever, the point is people need to grow up.

I guess I’ve become more aware of this issue because I’ve started going to the gym during my lunch break at work. I don’t have time to take my makeup off and reapply it in an hour, so it’s easier for me to either not wear it at all, or just leave it on while I work out. So yeah, that means sometimes I do my chest session with a smokey eye, so what? I also have microbladed brows (basically tattooed on) so I always look like I have full brows on and I wear fake tan. I don’t do these things to impress anyone else or ‘show off’ I do it because it makes me feel good.

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Unboxing fitness with JD Women

Do you remember when I attended an AMAZING blogger event at Hotel Gotham before Christmas?  If not, don’t worry I’ve got your back, link is here.

As part of the event, I was asked to choose a few pieces from the JD Women’s athleisure collection which would be gifted to me for Christmas. Now there was a bit of a mix up with my address and my box didn’t reach me until after Christmas so I haven’t been able to share what I chose with you. However, my box did arrive last week (in a very battered box which may have looked like a security risk) and the items were definitely worth the wait!

Instead of writing about what I received, why don’t I show you….

As you can see, we were pretty taken with these items. Since filming the video I have worn the Climalite leggings to the gym sooo much because they are the softest ones I own, also they are the only pair that don’t give me a camel toe when I pull them right up! Anyway, hope you enjoy this video and hopefully I will be making some more in the future.

Thanks to my lovely friend Helen McCarthy for editing this video and of course my galpal Jess (who’s blog is Philocalist) for helping me create my first video!

*All items included in the video were gifted to us by the wonderful team at JD Women’s. All opinions are my own.

GF8WG first week impressions

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(I was feelin’ my nails when I took these photos…)

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen my obsession with the #GF8WG hashtag. That’s because last week I started doing a new workout programme created by the amazing Grace Fit UK. After successfully completing one week of the programme, I wanted to share my first impressions and progress with you.

I chose Grace’s plan because I’ve been lacking structure in the gym for a while now and not seeing the results I want. Grace has been one of my key fitness inspirations over the past year (read my post here) and I hardly needed any convincing to purchase the plan. It was £35 for the 8-week workout plan and there was the option to buy a programme than included recipes for an extra £5. Grace’s programme comes in a lot cheaper than competitors like LDN Muscle (their bikini plan is around £80) so I thought it was well worth the money.

What’s in the #GF8WG programme?

The programme is split into legs, arms & chest, booty, shoulders & back, abs & cardio, and there are also upper body and lower body finishers to add to the end of your workout. There are two workouts for each split and you do them repeatedly for one month before swapping to the next month’s workout.

For example, I train legs workout one every Monday for four weeks, then swap to legs workout two for the other four weeks. You train for five days a week and have two rest days. This does sound quite strict but the programme does emphasise that you should listen to your body and take extra days rest if you need to.

First impressions

I’m absolutely loving the programme! I’m not going to lie, it is very hard work. I wouldn’t recommend it for a complete beginner to fitness because it is exhausting.

The exercises are all strength based and the plan includes very little cardio. This is the first time I’ve embarked on a weight dominated plan and I’ll admit I was worried that I wouldn’t be getting a good workout by eliminating my trusty cross-trainer. You know when you’re not drenched in sweat you don’t feel like you’ve worked out as hard? However, that’s not the case and I am KNACKERED by the time I finish a full Grace workout. I’m not enjoying having doms every day in places I never knew existed, but I’m hoping that will improve as I get stronger and more familiar with the moves.

Confidence

Even though it’s only been a week, following the Grace Fit UK programme has massively improved my confidence lifting weights and using the equipment in the gym.

First, it’s given me a structured plan to follow so I know exactly what to do and for how many sets/reps. I’m really enjoying doing splits on specific days as it feels a lot more efficient than training random body parts like I was doing.

Secondly, it’s taught me to be more confident in the ‘intimidating’ parts of the gym, aka the scary heavy weights section filled with huge men. I still do feel a bit intimidated walking into that section, and I’m sure I do look silly when I can’t complete a full set on the bench press using only the bar (it’s 20kg), but whatever, I’m still using the bench press and that’s pretty amazing!!

Wearing new gym gear has also made me feel like a boss in the gym. The trainers in my picture are the Nike Lunarcharge from JD Women’s range and they are incredible, putting them on feels like a comfy pair of slippers. I’ve also got quite a few new bits from JD Women’s, but you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled because there might be a video about that to come…

Motivation

The programme is much harder than anything I’ve tried before, but I’m so motivated to keep working at it.

One of the main reasons is because it’s a structured plan, so if I skip a workout I know I’ll fall behind and it will mess up my splits. This sounds like it could be a negative but I really enjoy it, it makes it easier for me to fit in to my day. I’ve started going to the gym during my lunch break at work as well which is having a massively positive impact on my day.

Another reason for my motivation is the Facebook group. Grace has created a private Facebook group for all the girls doing the programme (and ones who are interested in joining). I’m not usually a fan of groups and chats, the notifications get too much for me and I always leave without contributing. I didn’t even think I’d use it when I signed up (it’s optional by the way) but I thought I’d give it a go. I’m so happy that I did because the group is full of such support, motivation and love! Girls are sharing their personal experiences and it feels like we’re all on the journey together.

Sorry to get soppy, but I love it! I felt really embarrassed after my first chest session (dat dreaded bench press) and I wrote about what happened on the page and within a few minutes girls had commented on it telling me not to worry and that the same thing had happened to them. Encouragement like that makes it really easy to keep going. If you are thinking about getting the programme but aren’t sure I would highly recommend joining the group first, I’ll link it here.

Finally, I already feel like I’m making good progress. My entire body feels stronger, tighter and more muscular. I build muscle quite quickly and even after a week I can see muscles pop up and some definition appearing. I’m nowhere near Grace level yet, but it’s a start!

So there you go, my first impressions of the GF8WG! Hope you enjoyed my post. I’m going to try and write an update every week (they won’t always be this long I promise haha) and show you my progress. If you’re doing the programme too comment below!

You can follow me on twitter at @hannahgetshench and Instagram hannahlgilroy

Thanks for reading x

Favourite fitness bloggers of 2016

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It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m snuggled in bed, eating flapjack and thinking about making positive changes for 2017 (NB, flapjack will always be on the cards.)

I enjoy setting myself New Year’s resolutions (not so much sticking to them) but because this year has been so weird for me, the only resolution I’m making is to get through the year and look after myself. However, I still want to see out this horrible year on a more positive note so I thought I’d write a post about the people who have inspired me to be more active.

Despite what’s happened this year, my relationship with fitness is as strong as ever. I’ve well and truly fallen for athleisure and I have never been more excited to get in the gym and lift some heavy weights.

So here are the people whose hard work and dedication encouraged me to get back in the gym, try new things and fall in love with fitness over and over again.

Chessie King & Healthy Chef Steph

I only recently ‘found’ Chessie and Steph (better known as two peas in a bod) and I am kicking myself for not discovering them sooner! The duo creates amazing strength training and HIIT workouts that are super fun and effective. I love their positive attitudes towards getting stronger, being healthy and having fun with fitness. Check out their 2 peas in a bod instagram page, or their own Instagram accounts.

Chessie and Steph were at the JD Sports event that I went to a couple of weeks ago, and let me tell you they were just as bubbly and positive in real life as they are online.

Grace FIT UK

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If you think Kim K is booty goals, then you need to check out Grace. This girl is insane! She trains hard, lifts heavy weights and studies at Oxford. She got into fitness by doing Kayla Itsines’ workouts but she felt that it focused solely on losing weight and hated the amount of cardio it required, so she tried strength training and has never looked back. Unless she looks at her bum in the mirror, because it is sooo perfect (I’m a bit obsessed)

(NB I’ve purchased Grace’s training guide so I will let you know how that goes once I start!)

Jessamyn

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Jessy fucking LOVES yoga and I love her for that. She’s also a feminist and featured on an episode of my favourite podcast, The Guilty Feminist, to tell the story of how she became obsessed with yoga and how it makes her feel. She is the epitome of body positivity and self-love and I urge you all to go and follow her Instagram NOW.

Zanna Van Dijk

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I’ve loved Zanna for longer than just last year but she always inspires me to be active so she needs to be on this list. Once again, I praise her attitude to balance and focusing on strength, instead of just being lean. She works out in exotic locations all over the world and recently has been featured in magazines and all over the media. Plus, her Yorkshire accent is always a joy to hear!

Carley Rowena

Aww who doesn’t love Carley Rowena? She just seems like such a nice person. I’ve always found her workouts to be enjoyable and I like how she puts sequences together so if you’re in the mood to try something new you can just pop one of her videos on and hit the gym. Plus she has a frenchie called Steven who is adorable and her boyfriend is Leon who is one half of The Lean Machines. Cool right?

Clean Eating Alice

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Alice has really stepped up her fitness content this year, in between writing a best-selling book, and being featured in Women’s Health.  I used to mainly visit her Instagram for recipe ideas (like that time I tried to copy her diet for a week) but now I find myself checking it for fitsporation. Like all the ladies mentioned in this list, Alice is a big fan of lifting weights, but she also focuses on bodyweight circuits which are great if you can’t make it to the gym.

Lucy Mecklenburgh and Cecelia Harris

Lucy Mecklenburgh has also been a fitness inspiration to me and if you’ve been reading my blog over the last few months, you’ll know I’ve been doing the Results with Lucy home workout plan which introduced me to her trainer Cecelia. I’ve loved following the plan on days where I don’t want to go to the gym and I have learned loads of new exercises.

One of the main reasons I love RWL is the relationship Lucy and Cecelia have. They are hilarious together and genuinely make following the workouts fun. I also had the pleasure of meeting them both at the Results with Lucy Winter Party; they were so lovely and glamourous.

Joe Wicks


Last but not least is the only man on my list, Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach. Can I just marry him please? He just seems like the nicest guy ever and we could griddle midget trees together and shout out of windows and go to Dubai. I wouldn’t even mind that he’d make me do HIIT every single morning, honest.

Joe’s success story is incredible and I’m so pleased for him after all his years of hard work. He introduced me to HIIT and taught me to look at food in a different (more positive) way.

Thanks for reading my post, happy New Year and lots of love to you! x

Hannah Goes To Hamburg

Hannah goes to Hamburg

Last weekend I jetted off to Hamburg to spend 3 days eating, drinking and being merry with one of my favourite people Ellie.

I say jetted, we Ryanaired it. So at 6.40 am we took off surrounded by the standard passengers, plus a group of drunken lads in Christmas fancy dress. Lucky us, we got to sit behind a guy dressed as Santa while he ordered cans of cider and tried to win Ellie over for 60p.

And so our adventure began…

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Microdermabrasion facial for clearer skin

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If you’ve been reading my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I’ve been trying out some non-invasive treatments at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic in Manchester.

One of the most popular treatments they offer is a microdermabrasion facial, and after being so impressed with their other treatments, I wanted to give it a whirl.

Full disclosure; I’m pretty bad with my skincare routine.

I cleanse my face in the morning and follow with a moisturiser and my makeup. In the evening I take my makeup off and cleanse my face and apply a facial oil. That’s it.

There’s a reason why my skincare routine is so safe and boring…

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Made to Move with Emily Skye

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Who are your heroes? Who inspires you? Who encourages you want to strive for more?

Ok, I’ll stop asking these cheesy questions now.

The reason for the weird questions is because last week I met my fitness hero, Emily Skye!

If you don’t know her, Emily Skye is a super famous personal trainer and fitness model from Australia. She creates online PT programmes for people and produces loads of free content for her blog and YouTube channel.

I have been in awe of her for a couple of years after discovering her Instagram, because a) she’s smoking hot, b) she’s dedicated to fitness and c) she keeps it real.

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NYX Autumn makeup look

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Today I want to write about something a bit different; let’s talk about makeup!

On my about section, it says I’m a bit of a beauty geek and this interest is definitely growing but it isn’t something I’ve written about yet.

I’m the kind of girl who is too intimidated to venture into a high-end makeup shop unless I have a full face of slap on (I’m looking at you Selfridges…) so browsing professional make-up from the comfort of Boots is more my style.

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